Ichigo's Next Major Zanpakuto Upgrade
Photo: Studio Pierrot

With the latest episode of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, the series’ main protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki has begun a major period of training and recovery, and the series now prepares for Ichigo Kurosaki’s next major Zanpakuto.

The series began with a bloody conflict between the Quincies and Soul Reapers that finished with the baddies claiming a decisive victory and leaving a lot of casualties in their wake. It was also Ichigo’s most painful defeat because, despite his best efforts, he was unable to save the Soul Society.

Ichigo’s Zanpakuto was entirely destroyed in the first battle with Yhwach and the other Sternritter, and sadly, the most recent episode makes it clear that it won’t be able to be repaired in the same way. In fact, it became so damaged as a result of the battle that he now needs to reforge it into a new area of the Soul Society in order to recreate his original Zanpakuto.

Photo: Studio Pierrot

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War’s Episode 8 indicates that since Ichigo’s Shikai and Bankai actually both broke, it would be impossible for them to be repaired. With no other choices until the arrival of Squad Zero, Ichigo is left with no way to move forward. They offer to raise Ichigo to their level in order to restore his strength and mend his sword in time for the upcoming war. This is a unique group of strong Soul Reapers who directly guard the Soul King.

Synopsis for the 8th episode:

“In various parts of Seireitei, where the Knights of the Star Cross disappeared, relief efforts were being made for the injured. Ichigo, who visits Renji and Rukia who are being treated at the 4th division barracks, is summoned by Mayuri to receive an explanation about the destruction of the bankai. Accompanied by Ichigo, who was shaken by the story, Mayuri went to a certain place. The Captains of the Thirteen Court Guards were all waiting for the “Zero Squad” coming from the Reiou Palace in the sky.”

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War anime premiered on October 10.

The anime’s English Dub cast includes:

  • Johnny Yong Bosch as Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Michelle Ruff as Rukia Kuchiki
  • Derek Stephen Prince as Uryu Ishida
  • Stephanie Sheh as Orihime Inoue
  • Wally Wingert as Renji Abarai
  • Doug Erholtz as Kisuke Urahara

Tatsuya Kitani performs the opening theme song “Scar”, and SennaRin is performing the ending theme song “Saihate”.

The new Bleach anime will run for four cours with breaks in between.

The anime’s staff includes:

  • Tomohisa Taguchi as the Director
  • Animation Studio: Pierrot
  • Masashi Kudo as the Character Designer
  • Shiro Sagisu as the Music Composer

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The cast includes:

  • Masakazu Morita as Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Fumiko Orikasa as Rukia Kuchiki
  • Noriaki Sugiyama as Uryū Ishida
  • Yuki Matsuoka as Orihime Inoue
  • Hiroki Yasumoto as Yasutora Sado
  • Kentaro Ito as Renji Abarai
  • Shinichiro Miki as Kisuke Urahara
  • Satsuki Yukino as Yoruichi Shihōin
  • Binbin Takaoka as Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto
  • Houko Kuwashima as Suì-Fēng
  • Shouto Kashii as Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi
  • Aya Hisakawa as Retsu Unohana
  • Masaya Onosaka as Shinji Hirako
  • Ryotaro Okiayu as Byakuya Kuchiki
  • Tetsu Inada as Sajin Komamura
  • Akio Ohtsuka as Shunsui Kyōraku
  • Tomokazu Sugita as Kensei Muguruma
  • Romi Park as Tōshirō Hitsugaya
  • Fumihiko Tachiki as Kenpachi Zaraki
  • Ryusei Nakao as Mayuri Kurotsuchi
  • Hideo Ishikawa as Jūshirō Ukitake
  • Naomi Kusumi as Ichibē Hyōsube
  • Yōji Ueda as Ōetsu Mimaiya
  • Tomoyuki Shimura as Tenjirō Kirinji
  • Rina Satou as Senjumaru Shutara
  • Ayumi Tsunematsu as Kirio Hikifune
  • Takayuki Sugo as Yhwach
  • Yuichiro Umehara as Jugram Haschwalth
  • Shunsuke Takeuchi as Askin Nakk Le Vaar
  • Ayana Taketatsu as Bambietta Basterbine
  • Yūki Ono as Bazz-B
  • Yumi Uchiyama as Candice Catnipp
  • Natsuki Hanae as Gremmy Thoumeaux
  • Satoshi Hino as Lille Barro
  • Daiki Yamashita as Ryūnosuke Yuki
  • Asami Seto as Shino Madarame
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Äs Nödt
  • Kōichi Yamadera as Quilge Opie
  • Hideyuki Tanaka as BG9
  • Takaya Hashi as Robert Accutrone
  • Nobuaki Kanemitsu as Driscoll Berci
  • Yasuhiro Mamiya as Mask De Masculine
  • Tomoaki Maeno as NaNaNa Najahkoop
  • Wataru Hatano as Hidetomo Kajōmaru
  • KENN as Berenice Gabrielli
  • Takahiro Fujiwara as Jerome Guizbatt
  • Wataru Komada as Asguiaro Ebern
  • Daiki Hamano as Luders Friegen

Bleach is a Japanese manga series composed and showed by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the undertakings of the unmanageable teen Ichigo Kurosaki, who acquires his folks’ predetermination after he gets the forces of a Soul Reaper a passing embodiment like the Grim Reaper from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His newly discovered forces compel him to assume the obligations of protecting people from malicious spirits and directing withdrew spirits to the hereafter, and set him on excursions to different spooky domains of presence.

Bleach was serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from August 2001 to August 2016, with its parts gathered into 74 tankōbon volumes. The series has generated a media establishment that incorporates an anime TV series transformation that was delivered by Tokyo-based Studio Pierrot from 2004 to 2012, two OVA episodes, four animated films, ten stage musicals, and various computer games, just as numerous sorts of Bleach-related product. A Japanese live-action adaptation delivered by Warner Bros. was delivered in 2018.

English-language arrivals of Bleach are facilitated by Viz Media, which has delivered a few volumes of the manga every year since 2004, and distributed parts of Bleach in its Shonen Jump magazine since November 2007. Viz Media got unfamiliar TV and home video rights to the Bleach anime in 2006. Adult Swim started circulating dubbed episodes of Bleach in the United States that fall, and Hulu later started to stream captioned adaptations of the anime seven days after every episode broadcasted in Japan. Viz Media has likewise delivered every one of the four Bleach films in English.

Bleach got the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen classification in 2005. Regardless of critical slumps in both the Japanese and English manga markets, Bleach kept on performing great economically, and had more than 120 million tankōbon volumes available for use worldwide starting at 2018, making it the thirteenth smash hit manga ever.


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